Unusual Black Bat Garden Plants

Unusual Black Bat Garden Plants

The black bat flower plants are ideal for those who love to grow unusual garden plants. Native to southern parts of Asia, bat flower garden plants has shiny, bright green leaves. It blooms on a stem from the center of the plant, with a cluster of purple flowers in the center. Above these flowers are two bracts (leaves that resemble flower petals) that look like bat wings. Numerous threadlike bracteoles hang from the flowers resembling 8-10 inch long whiskers. Most common is the black bat flower (Tacca chantrieri); its wing-like bracts are a deep purple. A more recently introduced species, white bat flower (Tacca integrifolia) has white “wings.” The flowers should be left on the plant and allowed to decline naturally.  These garden plants do not do well as cut flowers and decline rapidly once cut.

To care black bat garden plants, place the black bat in full sun, and water it thoroughly once per week in the morning. If the leaves are wilting, water the plant again a few minutes later. If the weather is hot or dry, cover the area around black bat plants with 2 to 3 inches of mulch to conserve moisture. Pinch the ends off growing stems on leggy plants to encourage bushier growth. Apply a general water-soluble fertiliser to the black bat plant in the spring. Mix the fertiliser according to the directions. Moisten the soil with the fertiliser, and repeat the application in a few minutes.

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